Broad: No spin issues

  • Last Updated: September 23 2012, 20:12 BST

England's familiar frailties against spin were very evident in a record 90-run defeat against India - but the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown continues nonetheless.

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The major consolation for skipper Stuart Broad, after his team were bowled out at the Premadasa Stadium for their worst Twenty20 score of 80 - in under 15 overs - was that this lowest ebb came in a match of no consequence.

It is a moot, if troubling, point quite what the unequal struggle against Harbhajan Singh (four for 12) means for England's prospects on their return to the sub-Continent for a four-Test tour of India in a month's time.

But their chances of retaining the only International Cricket Council trophy they have ever won, over the next two weeks, are thankfully unhindered - as long as confidence levels have not taken too much of a battering.

Nothing was at stake in this final Group A match for two teams who have already qualified for the Super Eights - a fact which soothed the pain significantly for Broad at least.

"I think we made it pretty easy for India in the end, in losing regular wickets," he said.

"But it doesn't change our destiny a huge amount."

England appeared to have feasible prospects of chasing India's 170 for four - in which Rohit Sharma (55 not out) top-scored - but not for long, once Harbhajan and his fellow spinner Piyush Chawla got to work.

"Although it's a disappointing loss, and especially the way we performed, it doesn't really change what we do," added Broad.

"Any international defeat is really frustrating, especially when you put in a performance like that.

"But I think it's a little bit easier to take when it doesn't change what you do. It's not like tomorrow's now going to be a day when we have to go home.

"Knowing that it doesn't change anything really, apart from us having to maybe face a few more spinners in the nets, is nice."

Broad, in fact, traced England's troubles back not to the introduction of Harbhajan and Chawla at 39 for two after five overs but to the two early wickets lost to left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan.

"Our error today was we lost early wickets," said the Nottinghamshire all-rounder.

"Spinners always enjoy bowling to new batsmen.

"We talked the other day how well we hit straight and hard.

"Today to lose the first couple of wickets across the line was a bit disappointing.

"But you learn from your mistakes, and we'll certainly bear that in mind when we come across a wicket like that again.

"I think hitting straight was a much better option than going across the ball."

England picked only one spinner, and Graeme Swann did not let them down with a tidy spell and the big wicket of Virat Kohli.

Broad certainly felt they did enough with the ball to be in the game at the interval.

"We were a little bit sloppy in places, gave a few soft twos in the outfield; we probably didn't hit our lengths as well as we could have done up front," he said.

"But we thought it was very chaseable. The wicket was pretty flat; it didn't have the pace in it that it did the other night.

"We could have maybe held India to a slightly lower score. But we were happy with that at half-time."

It was an inevitability, in the aftermath of heavy defeat, that the question of Kevin Pietersen's controversial absence - and its repercussions - should be posed.

Broad straight-batted that query, saying: "We've got these 15 guys here, and we've known that all along.

"We didn't perform well with the bat today, but we did in the last three or four games.

"It's important we focus on what we did well in those games and learn from what we did wrong today."

Broad's opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni sympathises with England's difficulties, in alien climes, and expects them to improve.

"It is something that is a bit new and different to them," he said.

"In the sub-Continent, at times when it starts turning the ball really stops - so you have to be really careful when playing those drives.

"It is a bit different, compared with England. But they are a very good side that has done really well in the last year. So you will see them adapt to conditions and get better in the future."

As for his own team, missing at least two rested frontline performers today, Dhoni added: "We have a problem of plenty now, but I am quite happy with a problem of plenty."